After several people commented that my walking had seemed better after my hip replacement and now seems to be worse again, I decided to make an appointment with my surgeon to see if he could explain why that is. Even though he hadn’t had much bedside manner (and in fact had been downright rude), he was my best choice for a consultation.
He did a bunch of X-rays and then showed me the reason. I have a fairly prominent curve to the left at the bottom of my spine. I had always known about a curve in my upper back, but the lower one was news to me. My weakened muscles which were cut during my hip replacement have perhaps allowed this curve to get even worse.
He annoyingly kept referring to my condition as a “deformity”, making me feel like a dwarf with a hunchback. But I just let that one go and asked him if there was any intervention. He said in a worst case he would suggest surgery to insert a rod in my spine, thereby making it straight but rigid. Fortunately even he said I wasn’t ready for that. He did order an MRI to see if there was any indication of stenosis.
I did heroic meditative breathing through the 30 minutes of the MRI under the threat that they might have to start over if I moved. Fortunately I was still enough and the results didn’t show any real problem other than the scoliosis.
Today I had a private class with a teacher in Herndon who does Yoga for Scoliosis. She went through a number of yoga poses with me that are aimed at keeping curvature from progressing. That sounds like a much more pleasant remedy that adding more metal to my body.
Sometimes I wonder if anything could have been done about my “deformity” when I was a child or even a teenager. But what-if-ing doesn’t usually accomplish anything. Instead I’m trying through natural means to deal with what nature threw my way. Most of the time I have very little pain even though my gait continues to be rather bizarre and labored. I always remind myself that there are so many people out there with problems much worse than mine.